District 72 Conferences (previously, Conventions)

This page has information about the District 72 semi-annual Conferences. Please note the change of wording, effective May 2018

See below for November 2017 contest winners and  Photo Galleries from this and earlier conventions.

Next Conference

  • 4-6 May 2018 - Embracing Change - Waipuna Hotel, Auckland

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April 13, 2018: For those staying at Waipuna
Last few days for booking your accommodation as the hotel has advised they will shortly release any unallocated rooms. If you wish to book in the next few days and find the promotional code is not recognised, please call the hotel reception on 0800 924 786 and make your booking directly, quoting the code.


What's On At Waipuna

NOTE: All timings are confirmed and summarised on the outline agenda (link above) Please refer below for pricing.

Friday morning: District Training and Executive meeting (lunch available for Exec members and caregivers)

Friday afternoon:

"The Winning Formula....." - a four hour seminar with David Nottage. David has used his experience from becoming the 1996 World Champion of Public Speaking to build a respected business around building confidence in public speaking. In this seminar, he covers;

How to win the World Championship of Public Speaking

  • Confidence and stage presence.
  • How to tell better stories.
  • The fundamentals of presentation structure.
  • How to write a presentation.
  • Impromptu speaking.
  • Improve your Delivery Skills.

Friday evening (all timings on the outline agenda above): 

Candidates Showcase: On Saturday, you will vote for those who will lead your District. You've read about the candidates - this is your chance to listen to what they have to say about why they are candidates.

Followed by: An audience with the stars. An evening of fun featuring "the man of 200 voices", (1998 World Champion Bret Ruttledge) plus 1996 WCPS David Nottage, current national Humourous Speech champion Maxine Nisbet, and a special dose of cabaret - expect to be royally entertained!

A light dinner is available at extra cost. 

Saturday: As usual with District conferences, Morning and Afternoon tea is included, with lunch available at extra cost.

Bring your club banner for the Banner Parade. Hear our brilliant Keynote speaker plus several Breakout Seminars/Workshops. Watch the Evaluation Contest finals.

Followed by the highlight of TWO District council meetings. Be present while Toastmasters history is made! See the Top Table struggle to keep to time! Elect the team YOU want to lead next year!

Saturday evening:  Barbie Davidson will provide her famous Cabaret act during the evening DINNER event followed by ROCK OUT the top pop band.

Sunday morning: "Breakfast with the stars" - a chance to talk with our District Champions and new Distinguished Toastmasters about their various journeys and challenges on the way. If you are thinking about getting your first DTM, be there! See who will represent New Zealand (District 72) on the world stage in the LAST national finals of the  International Speech contest! 

Educational Sessions (all now confirmed)

John Quinn an International Presentologist from Audience Alive  presents "Your presentations can be better" as he brings us up to date with the latest in how to present with power-point to create exciting interactive and memorable experiences for your audience.

Kevin Broughton from District 73 in Australia presents "What Burns Within" an interactive and thoughtful workshop for all those who are, or intend to, lead.

Embracing Change: See four interesting ladies deliver informative, interesting, thoughtful and powerful talks on the changes they faced that we can all learn from.

Gavin Rugg will deliver Presenters Toolbox creating the right atmosphere for your video presentations and using the microphone to maximum effect. Gavin has a successful business filming major sports teams around the country; his experience will help us all to deliver better when we are on stage or in front of the camera.

Jonathan Pedersen, in "More Value - More Members" shows how you can gain the one by giving the other.

Christchurch Speechcraft Club tackle "The Elephant In The Room" - how to deliver organised, inspiring, passionate and professional club meetings.

Psst - confused about Pathways, or have a question?  You're not alone! Chief Ambassador Dave Young DTM will be running "drop-in" sessions in the District Supplies room to set you straight.

Staying at the Waipuna?

When booking, please quote the code "TOAS0518" to get our negotiated rate. Please note this code is case-sensitive and a change from that originally posted. Subject to availability of rooms - and they are filling fast!

 

If you need a caregiver, there are specialised suites on the second floor available that feature two rooms - one for yourself and one for your caregiver. Please let the hotel know your requirements when making your booking.

Pricing

Full Registration (you must have booked AND PAID before the date shown to secure the rate)

 Pricing for full registration

Book and pay on or after April 1, 2018:       $150.00  
Book before but pay on the day:       $170.00  


Register for Saturday only:

Book and pay on or after 1 April, 2018 :           $85.00
Book before but pay on the day:           $105.00

Register for Sunday only:

Book and pay on or after 1 April, 2018:           $75.00
Book before but pay on the day:           $95.00


Additional events ( Open to Guests unless shown otherwise):

Friday Working Lunch (Executive members)* $28.00

Friday Light Dinner (Members only, limited places)* $35.00 (in the Waipuna Restaurant, discounted from $51, great value for "all you can eat") 

David Nottage's "Winning formula" ** $50.00

An Audience with the Stars  $50.00

OR

Both of the above $80.00

Saturday Lunch $33.00

Saturday Dine and Dance $72.00

Sunday "Breakfast with the Stars" (Members only)* $35.00

* Caregivers of registered Toastmasters, members or not, are welcome

** Free of charge to those notified as having attended the  Mohammad Quatanhi event in Wellington in 2016. Please note the $30.00 discount for attending both "The Winning Formula" and "An audience with the stars" does NOT apply in this case.



 

November 2017 - Enlighten Your Journey, Gisborne

First City in the World to see the Light of each new DAY.

10th to 12th November 2017

Venue: EMERALD HOTEL, Gisborne

Congratulations to our winners


  • Winner, Humourous Speech Contest - Maxine Nisbet (watch her winning speech here)
  • Second, Humourous Speech Contest - Helen Fitt
  • Third, Humourous Speech Contest - Sherman Wang

 

  • Winner, Table Topics Speech Contest - Ross Kennedy
  • Second, Table Topics Speech Contest - Ella Kahu
  • Third, Table Topics Speech Contest - James Hucklesby

 

Photos from the November 2017 Convention have been arranged in photo galleries in PDF format. The images are arranged two per page.

If you require any photo, please email webmaster@toastmasters.org.nz stating the gallery, your name, the page number/s of the photos, and whether you would like a copy of the upper, lower of only image on the page.

The Pin Ceremony and Dine and Dance have no "official" photographs; if you have any you'd like to share, please click on the gallery button for instructions.


GALLERY 1 - PLACES AND PEOPLE 

 

GALLERY 2 - BANNER PARADE

 

GALLERY 3 - CONTESTS

 

GALLERY 4 - PIN CEREMONY

 

GALLERY 5 - DINE AND DANCE

 

GALLERY 6 - DTM PRESENTATIONS

 

GALLERY 7 - EDUCATIONALS

 

GALLERY 8 - AWARDS AND CLOSING

 

 





 

May 2017 - Turning Tides Convention, Wellington


Congratulations to our winners


  • Winner, International Speech Contest - Joseph Fa'afiu
  • Second, International Speech Contest - Marc Ramos
  • Third, International Speech Contest - Amy Edwards


  • Winner, Speech Evaluation Contest - Jeremy Clarke
  • Second, Speech Evaluation Contest - Jilnaught Wong
  • Third, Speech Evaluation Contest - Grant McNeill

Photos from the May Convention have been arranged in photo galleries in PDF format.

If you require any photo, please email webmaster@toastmasters.org.nz stating the gallery, your name and the page number/s of the photos.


GALLERY 1 - PLACES AND PEOPLE 

 

GALLERY 2 - BANNER PARADE

 

GALLERY 3 - CONTESTS

 

GALLERY 4 - PIN CEREMONY

 

GALLERY 5 - DINE AND DANCE

 

GALLERY 6 - DTM PRESENTATIONS

 

GALLERY 7 - EDUCATIONALS

 

GALLERY 8 - AWARDS AND CLOSING

 



 

November 2016 Convention, Invercargill

Humorous Speech Contest

Humorous Speech Winner - Mark Maney, Division D
Humorous Speech Winner - Mark Maney, Division D, with District Director David Templeman DTM (left) and Peter Crofskey DTM (right)

Table Topics Contest

Table Topics Winner - Peter Harrington, Division D
Table Topics Winner - Peter Harrington, Division D, with Norbert Lee DTM (left) and Program Quality Director Sarah Bate DTM (right)

Gallery 1 - Convention Pix

Gallery 2 - Awards and Contests

Gallery 3 - Banner Parade

Gallery 4 - Dine and Dance

Photos from the November Convention have been arranged in photo galleries in PDF format.